Principles of Soil and Plant Water Relations combines biology and physics to show how water moves through the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. This text explores the instrumentation and the methods used to measure the status of water in soil and plants. The basic methods of tensiometry, pyschrometry, stomatal porometry, as well as newer methods of tension infiltrometry; time domain reflectometry are examined. Principles are clearly presented with the aid of diagrams, anatomical figures, and images of instrumentation. An added feature includes short biographies of important scientists at the end of each chapter.
Intended for graduate students in plant and soil science programs, this book also serves as a useful reference for agronomists, plant ecologists, and agricultural engineers
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- © Academic Press 2005
- 30th September 2004
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""Unique in various ways, and above all is a pleasure to read or browse through. Each chapter contains plenty of references and has extraordinary detail, as one might expect from Mary Beth Kirkham. Unlike most other textbooks Mary Beth devotes many chapters solely to specific instrumentation, including chapters on tensiometry, soil penetrometers, soil oxygen diffusion rate, tension infiltrometry, time domain reflectometry, psychrometry, pressure chambers, and infared thermometers...the author presents thorough explanations based on physical principles that are intuitive, clear, and refreshing. The care exercised by Mary Beth in writing and reviewing this material is exemplified by the fact that I could not find a single error, either in the typesetting or in the scientific contents...an excellent text for an introduction in soil-water-plant relations. I also find it an extremely valuable reference for my own library because of the supplementary material that I usually cannot find in other related textbooks. I would highly recommend it for students and professionals alike.""
- Jan W. Hopmans, University of California, Davis
""The sheer magnitude of this book's subject matter could overwhelm many readers, but Dr. Kirkham spares us this fate by virtue of superb organization, foundation building, and clear, example-rich writing...I am pleased to recommend this book to students and scientists at any level who profess interest in soil-water science or plant-water relations, and to dendrochronologists or environmental botanists who investigate the effects of water stresses upon tree growth and structure. It would serve as an excellent text for a graduate or advanced undergraduate course, as well, and indeed I expect it to become the standard for this purpose. I would gladly spend my own money for this book, which today joins other timely references on the lowest shelf of my bookcase, within arm's reach.""